Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 26, 2014

OUR VIEW: Encouraging to see community step up

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — There are moments in life when each of us benefits from the kindness of strangers. It may come during a time of crisis, or it might simply be an unexpected act that brightens a day or a mood.

We are fortunate to live in a community that consistently rises to such occasions, and we saw examples of that over the weekend in strikingly different situations.

On Saturday, more than two dozen young women were helped by volunteers with the local Cinderella’s Closet program, which provides prom items to girls who are financially unable to buy them. The organization does more than get girls ready for a dance – it boosts their self-esteem and allows their dates and families to set aside concerns about money, at least long enough to enjoy a milestone in teenage life.

“I was blessed probably more than the girls because it blessed me to see them feel beautiful,” said Beverly Hammons, who helped match girls with dresses during Saturday’s event at First United Methodist Church in Glasgow. “It was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. Just seeing the smiles and you know, they really truly felt beautiful. They just felt gorgeous today. I think they felt special.”

Meanwhile, later Saturday, we were reminded of the role charitable organizations and other outreach groups play in times of great need. A fire at 503 Columbia Ave. destroyed the home of a family of seven, including six children. The family was physically unharmed, but is now dependent on the support of the community and entities such as the American Red Cross.

This newspaper recently voiced its support for public funding of Barren County’s ambulance service, but it’s important to remember that first responders aren’t the only people who assist in emergencies. Many times, that second wave of care – churches, charities, citizens – is equally important to a community’s overall well-being.

Although the circumstances Saturday were dissimilar, this community was ready to lend a helping hand. It’s comforting to realize our neighbors will have our backs when our moment of need arrives.